Travel and Culture in Calabria
If you are interested in attending an Italian language
course in Calabria, we would like to help you in your decision by
giving you some useful information:
WHERE IS CALABRIA?
Calabria is situated in the southern part of the Italian peninsula.
Almost the entire region is washed by the sea (the coasts extend
for no less than 780 km): to the East by the Tyrrhenian Sea and
to the West by the Ionian Sea. Calabria borders with Basilicata
to the North.
The regional capital is Catanzaro and the most important centres are Cosenza, Lamezia Terme, Crotone and Vibo Valentia.
WHAT IS THE TERRITORY LIKE ?
The Calabrian territory is constituted by hills (49%), by mountains
(42%) and only a small part is flat (9%).
The highest peak is Mount Pollino (2267 mt), while the mountains in Sila and Aspromonte reach a height of almost 2000 mt.
The rivers have a poor flow, only the Neto and the Crati have got a rather regular flow in every season of the year.
HOW CAN YOU REACH IT ?
The quickest and most comfortable means to reach Calabria is the
airplane and the region can count on three airports: Tito
Minniti airport, in province of Reggio Calabria, S.
Anna airport in Crotone and Lamezia Terme airport.
If you prefer to travel by train, you can choose among several Intercity and Espresso trains which connect Calabria to the principle towns of northern Italy, both along the Tyrrhenian and the Ionian lines.
Otherwise, by car, the A1 motorway runs from the North and connects Milan to Naples. The A30 motorway connects Naples to Salerno, where you can get onto the A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria motorway, which runs through the whole province, from the North to the South.
If you get to Calabria by ship, the ferry boats connect Sicily to Villa San Giovanni (Reggio Calabria). Moreover, it is possible to reach the Eolie islands from Reggio Calabria thanks to the hydrofoil service. Then there are also some connections to Malta island.
WHAT DOES IT OFFER?
Calabria is a land full of surprises that will never end. First
of all the famous statues, the Bronzi di Riace, which are witness
of the magnificent past of this region that was part of Magna Grecia,
then many other attractions present in this region.
Tropea coast, along the Tyrrhenian Sea, is spectacular, charming and with special colours. Then in Calabria you will find a land rich in traditions, an unpolluted sea, a luxuriant and, in some places, even wild vegetation, architectural and artistic masterpieces and, to end with a flourish, a delicious Mediterranean cooking!